IMAGINE Magazine Autumn 2015 Volume 1 Number 1 - Page 14

ten feel uncomfortable about it and yet fail to intervene. This is true because we often don’t know what to do or feel powerless in being able to do it. Parents, teachers and other adult role models can model and teach these skills to our young people, and let them know that they will be supported in stepping up or stepping in. The more involved we become, the more we chose to be take-a-standers rather than bystanders, the sooner the world will shift into the kind of peaceful place we all envision. “Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” – Desmond Tutu once said: If you Acts of random Kindness are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. A rchbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, California, has had great success on campus with the creation of a peace club called ARK, which stands for Acts of Random Kindness. With its inception at Independence High School, also in San Jose, ARK is now a sprawling movement at more than 40 high schools and counting across and beyond California. I interviewed Mrs. Melissa Boulton, a faculty member in Mitty’s Social Studies department, who is involved in the club. Here is what she had to say. 14 IMAGINE l Autumn 2015 Why did you create the club? We discovered ARK through its president and founder at Independence High School. After hearing so much positive feedback about the club at other schools, we thought it would be great to start one at Mitty. The positivity and mission statement of ARK really caught our attention, and the smiles it generates through such simple acts is very rewarding to see. Did the students want it? Our school theme for this school year is actually Acts of Kindness, so ARK